MATER Dei College graduate Therese Cruise is appearing in the WA premiere of a musical following the lives of women in a British prison as part of Blak Yak Theatre’s latest offering this winter.
Directed by Lorna Mackie, Bad Girls – The Musical is based on the UK television series featuring female inmates in the fictional Her Majesty’s Prison Larkhall exploring their relationships in a variety of traumatic circumstances.
It follows new, idealistic Wing Governor Helen Stewart and her battles with the entrenched old guard Officer Jim Fenner and his sidekick Sylvia Hollamby.
A love story also develops between Helen and inmate Nikki Wade.
The play is written by the authors of the television series, Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus, with music and lyrics by Kath Gotts.
Cruise plays Crystal Gordon, a Christian kleptomaniac.
“She believes everything she does is part of a higher power and that, even though she’s in jail for shoplifting, she’s better than all the others in with her,” she said.
“Bad Girls – The Musical appealed because it’s dark, funny, serious and light-hearted all at once.
“It has amazingly beautiful music that’s uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time.”
Mackie said she relished the opportunity to direct a show primarily about women.
“It explores a number of subjects such as violence, manipulation and more but from a very human perspective,” she said.